Frederick Francis Maude VC


Frederick Maude was born in Lisnadill, Co Armagh on 20th Dec 1821, the son of the Right Honorable Robert Eustace Maude. He served in the Buffs from 1840 to 1861, being adjutant at Punniar and earning the VC for his bravery at the Redan in the siege of Sebastopol. On 5th Sep 1855 Lieutenant-Colonel Maude was in charge of the covering and ladder party of the 2nd Division in the assault on the Redan. He held a position with only 9 or 10 men and did not retire until there was no hope of support and he himself was dangerously wounded. He commanded the 2nd Battalion from 1857 for 4 years. He held the post of Adjutant-General in Gibraltar from 1861 to 1866 and was Inspector-General of Militia in Ireland 1867-73. He also served in the Afghan campaign of 1878-80 in the Peshawar Field Force guarding lines of communication, and reached the rank of General. He was knighted GCB and received the Legion d'Honneur. His cousin, Francis Cornwallis Maude RA also won the VC in the Indian Mutiny.

On 22nd Feb 1853 he married Catherine Bisshop, daughter of the Very Reverend Sir George Bisshop, 9th Baronet of Parham. They had 5 children the youngest of which was Lieut-Gen Sir Frederick Stanley Maude who achieved fame with the conquest of Baghdad in Mesopotamia in 1917. Frederick Francis Maude VC died in Torquay on 20 June 1897 and was buried in Brompton Cemetery, London.


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by Stephen Luscombe